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Parental Alienation - Recent Media

Recent Parental Alienation Articles of Interest 

A case of parental alienation that started in 2012 finally led to the child living with his dad last year when professionals and the court accepted that the mainpulation and hate would not end otherwise. The court report is published after the mother lost her attempt last month to appeal the judgement of the court in yet another attempt to exclude the father from their son's life. The mother had a QC to represent her while the father was a litigant in person. A ray of hope! The Guardian covered the story under the somewhat alarmist headline Boy must leave mother with 'hateful feelings' for father, judge rules.

Allegations of domestic violence form part of the weaponary of parental alienation, leaving family courts having to distinguish the difference between genuine abuse and false or unfounded allegations that are themselves a form of abuse. We hear from dads who have been the subjects of violence, only to find this turned around to suggest that they were the aggressor - attack as a form of defence. New research being published in Canade concludes that the "gender lens" is counter-productive to families and domestic violence is "largely gender symmetric". Authorities such as the police and other organisations dealing with allegations of abuse often demonstrate "gender asummetry" in ignoring men who make complaints or suffer abuse more than when women do. The article on this was published by the Toronto Sun. We have obtained a copy of the research and have requested permission to share it with you.

There was also an article on BBC online (and The Times) about an abduction to Ukraine of daughters being alinenated from their millionaire father. "She is instilling hate in one of the few people who will always love them unconditionally, who is always going to hug them" the father told The Times. "Pappa is bad" said the daughter. Abduction is a feature of alienation, as is moving hundreds of miles to frustrate relationships. Such chocking alienation can affect parents regardless of whether they are poor or multi-millionaires as in this case reported a week ago after the judge gave permission for the mother to be named as the children were suffering significant harm.

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  • Over the last couple of days we shared charts showing the impact on children's mental health and psychosomatic symptoms in different family arrangements. The last chart in this series focuses on physical, psychological and social quality of life and wellbeing measures. As with the first two charts, it points to outcomes for children being best in nuclear families, however, joint care is by far the best option when parents separate, whenever that is possible. Please support us by sharing our posts, liking them, following us, registering for free, becoming a member or making a donation.
  • This second chart looks at children's experience of psychosomatic symptoms based on their living arrangements once their parents separate. These are physical symptoms that manifest themselves following a psychological trauma - in this case reduced or eliminated relationships with one of their parents. You can support us by sharing and liking our posts, following us, registering for free, joining us or making a donation.
  • Some parents have no choice but to bring up their children alone. Sometimes it is because a parent is irresponsible or poses a genuine risk. We have great respect for them. However, for the vast majority of the thousands who come to us it is because their ex refuses them access because of jealousy, hurt or selfishness and a belief that single parenting does no harm - except it does. For us, shared parenting is not only right in principle, but supported by evidence as this graph from a huge Swedish study shows in relation to mental health. You can support us by sharing and liking our posts, following us, registering for free, joining us or making a donation.
  • Families Need Fathers contributed to yesterday's live Victoria Derbyshire Show debate on domestic abuse and the notion that Family Courts arranged 'contact at all costs'. Amongst the panel were deniers of parental alienation and people who had the strange notion that getting a contact order for unsupervised direct contact was a doddle and the norm. Do send your views on this and men's experience of abuse looks like the debate will continue on the show for the next couple of days. The terms of reference for any inquiry into this will be critical - early indicators of pre-determination are worrying. Support us by liking and sharing our posts, following us, registering for free, joining or making a donation.
  • We will be present on the BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme today at 10 when issues in the article are discussed further. This is yet another article making strong suggestions - including that dads (not mums) who have been accused of abuse, shouldn't even have the right to even ask the courts for permission to see their own children. Or that dads (not mums) who have what they call the "toxic trio" of addiction, mental illness and a history of violence, represent an overwhelming risk to children - after separation. Why single out dads? Could mums all be perfect? Let's face it, the kind of battles which go on between separating parents - partly thanks to our adversarial family law system - are rife, alienating parents and children through lack of early collaborative actions and blighting their futures. Men and women need to collaborate from the outset. Our children deserve and need it. Also, whilst deaths of children in family violence are always a tragedy, they are thankfully extremely rare. This kind of exceptionalism is rife in the media today - taking a relatively rare tragedy as justification for major decisions which might dangerously impact a far larger part of society. Just because some people are allergic to nuts is not a reason to ban nuts. It's a reason to take sensible precautions and educate people on the dangers. However we do agree that more transparency is urgently needed in the Family Court and would help the public to understand the terrible problems that are experienced by children and parents as a result of the ineffectual way the system works - in practice. It is not so much that the law needs changing, but rather its practice. More transparency is a must.
  • Yesterday, BBC Radio 4 broadcast 'When Parents Split' an intelligent discussion on Parental Alienation. The programme was presented by psychotherapist Philippa Perry and featured contributions from Francesca Wiley QC, PA experts Dr Amy J Baker and Karen Woodall, Sarah Parsons from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) as well as powerful testimony from parents talking about their horrendous experiences and a young man who had been alienated. All separating parents and those affected should listen to this and share it widely to help raise awareness of this shockingly common phenomenon. Please support our work by liking and sharing our posts, following us, registering for free, becoming a member or making a donation.

FNF HSSF Kite Mark Award

Families Need Fathers has been awarded the Help and Support for Separated Families Kite Mark which is a new UK government accreditation scheme for organisations offering help to separated families.

Families Need Fathers work with a range of family law professionals, including Family Law Panel


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